Dining Table Stained by Felt Backed Pad?

I have a formal dining room table that has a light white-washed look - with shades of light golden brown and cream. Because it was the main dining table if more than 2 people are eating (at the breakfast bar), I kept a custom made table pad on it (slightly heavy with felt bait from table top companies using the # shown underneath your table) with a tablecloth on top of the pad. Since the pad was not removed for probably a couple of years, the light brown felt on under side has turned my table an ugly yellow! Now it doesn't match the table legs, chairs, china cabinet, or server in color! I'm sick. Is there anything that will buff the darker color off and restore to the lighter original color?


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July 26, 20190 found this helpful

It is permanently discolored. You will have to have it refinished.

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You can try making a mix of 2 cups of warm water, 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of regular blue Dawn liquid dishwashing detergent together. Dip a clean cotton rag in the solution and very gently rub the stained areas.


If that doesn't work, you may want to see if the manufacturer can give you any guidance.

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This is probably a very nice table that you now wish to leave exposed when not in use so I would recommend you do a lot of research before trying any DIY suggestions.

This appears to be the same type of stain that happens when an area rug is left in place on wood floors but the finish on the table may not be the same.

If you know the brand name of the company that made your pad, I would look up their web site and present the question to them. They should have an answer.


If you do not know the brand then send your question to each of the following companies as if it is their pad. Send question to listed below.

You can also take pictures of your table (cell phone should be fine) and show them to manager of several name paint stores as they have excellent products that can be used without having to refinish your table top.
I have used Minwax Furniture Refinisher many times and it does a beautiful job but directions have to be closely followed.

If you feel that is too much trouble and still wish to proceed with DIY I have heard this is a good way to do it.

Always try any mix on a small (hopefully inconspicuous area) before attempting a larger area.
Baking soda is a great cleaning agent. Try mixing baking soda with distilled vinegar or lemon juice. Make a paste that is the consistency of toothpaste. Spread it over the stain. Use a sponge to gently rub it into the wood. When you're finished, wipe the paste from area. When you're finished, rinse with a rag and plain water.

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